IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – April 2014 Edition

It’s time for another IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight. In this month’s edition:

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APRIL’S FEATURED SPEECH PROMO: Matt Long, 17-Year Veteran of the FDNY, Elite Athlete & Author of The Long Run.

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IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – March 2014 Edition

It’s time for another IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight. In this month’s edition:

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MARCH’S FEATURED SPEECH PROMO: Greg AnthonyNBA & Lead College Basketball Analyst

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Ben Saunders Makes History!

Polar Explorer and Endurance Athlete Ben Saunders Completes The Terra Nova Expedition

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In February, British adventurer Ben Saunders made history by being the first person ever to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s iconic Terra Nova expedition. He achieved the world record for the longest polar journey on foot in history, having trekked 1,795 miles across Antarctica on a return journey to the South Pole and back.

From The Scott Expedition blog:

BEN AND TARKA MAKE HISTORY (OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT)

Posted February 7th 2014,
by Scott Expedition Team

On Friday 7th February at 01.15am  Ben and Tarka have re-written history as they completed, for the first time ever, the ill-fated journey of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s iconic Terra Nova expedition.

Having trekked 1,795 miles across the inhospitable landscape of Antarctica on a return journey to the South Pole and back, Ben and Tarka have achieved the world record for the longest polar journey on foot in history.

The journey, which has taken a total of 105 days (just over ¼ of a year), has pushed the limits of physical and mental fortitude and reset the bar for polar expeditions of the future. Ben and Tarka hauled sleds with a starting weight of almost 200kg each and walked on average 17 miles daily in temperatures as low as -46oC wind chill.

Ben Saunders said, “It is almost impossible to comprehend what we have achieved. Completing Scott’s Terra Nova expedition has been a life-long dream and I’m overcome to be standing here at the finish. The journey has been a mammoth undertaking that has tested the bounds of our bodies and minds each and every day.”

“At times we found ourselves in dire straits in the intense cold, wind and altitude of the high plateau, weakened by half-rations and closer to the brink of survival than I had ever anticipated this journey taking us. In that light, both Tarka and I feel a combination of awe and profound respect for the endurance, tenacity and fortitude of Captain Scott and his team, a century ago.”

Captain Scott and his men died having covered almost 1,600 miles and this feat has never been surpassed in over 100 years, until today.

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NEW & EXCLUSIVE to IMG Speakers: Mark Herzlich, Cancer Survivor and Super Bowl Champion

Mark Herzlich Now Available

Exclusively Through IMG Speakers

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Mark Herzlich motivates audiences across the country with his inspiring story of perseverance and overcoming illness.

An NFL linebacker, Herzlich played college football at Boston College, where he entered the 2009 season as the defending ACC Player of the Year. Before the season, Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. In September 2009, after undergoing treatment, Herzlich announced he was cancer free.

He rejoined his teammates for the 2010 season, starting every game and winning multiple awards for his courage and outreach.

As a rookie in 2011, Herzlich was part of the New York Giants’ historic Super Bowl XLVI win. His tweet during Super Bowl week was said to be the tweet of the Super Bowl: “2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in The #SuperBowl. #TakeThatCancer”.

Off the field, he is involved in a number of charitable endeavors. Among them, he is a board member of Uplifting Athletes, which promotes student run collegiate programs that raise money for rare diseases. Herzlich is also the namesake for the annual research grant given by the Sarcoma Foundation of America.

Herzlich’s book What It Takes is set for release in June 2014.

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IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight – February 2014 Edition

It’s time for another IMG Speakers Talent Spotlight. In this month’s edition:

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FEBRUARY’S FEATURED SPEECH PROMOJack Welch, Best-Selling Author & Executive Chairman, Jack Welch Management Institute

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Betty Liu’s New Book Shares Insight from the World’s Top Billionaires, CEOs, and Entrepreneurs to Help Readers Get Ahead in Their Careers

Bloomberg TV’s host of “In the Loop with Betty Liu” Reveals Career Advice from Warren Buffett, Jaime Dimon, Elon Musk and more in Work Smarts

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Betty Liu is editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television and the host of In the Loop with Betty Liu, a daily business morning news program that covers the opening of U.S. markets and financial, economic and political news from around the world. In the Loop prepares viewers for the trading day with actionable interviews and insight from top business leaders and trusted coverage of market-moving data and analysis for investors. Liu also hosts In the Loop, At the Half on Bloomberg Radio, airing weekdays at noon.

Work Smarts delivers priceless guidance on:

  • How to think like a billionaire
  • Biggest mistakes people make when negotiating anything (raise, promotion, job)
  • Why listening is THE essential skill successful people – like CEOs – perfect
  • How to bounce back from a firing
  • The things people do that hold them back (including overachievers)
  • Overcoming fear
  • Balancing kids and career
  • Being a standout job candidate
  • Why sometimes being good at your job just isn’t enough

Liu adds, “It used to be that people received wisdom from their elders and that wisdom worked well in advancing oneself in a largely uniform society. But times have changed and it begs the question: how do you relate to and advance in a workplace that’s made up of so many different people and so many different values? Are there certain ways of doing business that are uniform throughout? I ask questions of those who’ve been there and succeeded to give readers the best opportunity at job success.”

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CBS Sports Network Broadcaster and Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Seth Davis Releases New Book, WOODEN: a Coach’s Life

A Provocative and Revelatory New Biography of the Legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden, By One of America’s Top College Basketball Writers

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From the Press Release:

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On the 50th anniversary of John Wooden’s first NCAA Championship at UCLA in 1963-1964, Sports Illustrated senior writer and CBS analyst Seth Davis presents the unflinching and definitive biography of one of the giants of the game in WOODEN: A Coach’s Life (Times Books, January 14, 2014). WOODEN captures the life, legacy and essence of the sports icon. Davis’s research is exhaustive and exemplary and his prose is artful and entertaining, as he offers perspective on this quintessentially American tale.

The “Wooden mystique” was built on his sweat-soaked gymnasium floors, his awe-inspiring fast break, his harnessing the talents of legendary players like Lew Alcindor, Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard and Bill Walton, and his unmatched record in the NCAA tournament. Davis celebrates the mystique and how it was built, but digs further. He takes full measure of the man who was often considered an enigma in his playing and coaching days before he was elevated to “St. John.” John Wooden was a disciplined and hard-nosed man, who dealt with the issues that all coaches of that era dealt with (race relations, political protests, mercurial athletes, overeager boosters and the heavy weight of expectations), and others that don’t quite mesh with the lasting memories we have of “The Wizard of Westwood.” In order to take full measure of the man, we must know the full story, warts and all.

In WOODEN, Seth Davis grants us a clear-eyed look at a gifted player, a brilliant coach, and a master teacher, and helps us appreciate John Wooden for what he was. Not a god, or a saint, or a wizard—but a man.

Sports Illustrated writer and CBS college basketball analyst Seth Davis’s definitive and unflinching biography of UCLA coaching legend John Wooden is talk of the sports world. Davis looks at Wooden’s life as he lived it, beyond the press clippings and championships. This is not a book that will further lionize or deify the great man, that’s been done before too many times to count. This book simply presents John Wooden to the sports world for the first time…the man, not the mystique.

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NEW & EXCLUSIVE to IMG Speakers: TV Personality, Entertainer & Businessman Steve Harvey

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Steve Harvey: TV Personality, Entertainer, & Businessman

Steve Harvey is a well-known TV personality, talk show host, actor and comedian. He currently serves as host of two popular TV shows, The Steve Harvey Show, which premiered in 2011, and the game show, Family Feud, which he began hosting in 2010. He has hosted the nationally syndicated radio show, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, since its inception in 2000.

Harvey began his career doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s. His success as a stand-up comedian eventually led to a long stint as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo as well as to various entertainment roles including acting, hosting, writing and producing. On TV, starred in ABC’s Me and The Boys, as well as the WB’s The Steve Harvey Show and Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge. Harvey hit the big screen in movies such as Love Don’t Cost a Thing, You Got Served, Johnson Family Vacation and Madea Goes to Jail. He has also been the longtime host of BET’s Celebration of Gospel.

Harvey has been nominated for and won several awards throughout his career, including seven NAACP Image Awards for his work on The Steve Harvey Morning Show, a 2013 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New Talk Show Host – The Steve Harvey Show, a 2012 Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Talk Show Host for The Steve Harvey Show, a 2011 BET Humanitarian Award and another Daytime Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Game Show Host for Family Feud.

In 2013, he was nominated for both Outstanding Talk Show Host as well as Outstanding Game Show Host, becoming the first double host nominee in Daytime Emmy Awards history. That same year, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Harvey is also a best-selling author. His New York Times best-seller, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, and Commitment, inspired the 2012 movie Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, in which he starred. His second book, Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man, is another New York Times best-seller.

Throughout his successful career, Harvey has continued to be a force in stand-up comedy. In 1997, he toured as one of the Kings of Comedy alongside Cedric the Entertainer, the late Bernie Mac and D.L. Hughley. The tour’s immediate success led to the taping of one of the most successful comedy DVDs in history – The Original Kings of Comedy – directed by Spike Lee. In 2006, Harvey released the family-friendly DVD Don’t Trip…He Ain’t Through With Me Yet. Due to the overwhelming demand for his original style, he released a comedy special on DVD in 2008 entitled Still Trippin to critical success.

In addition to his presence in the world of entertainment, Harvey is an active humanitarian and is involved in several communities across the country as well as national charities. He and his wife, Marjorie, founded The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation in order to provide uplifting and educational opportunities for youth. Through the foundation they have launched several mentoring programs including The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men and Girls Who Rule the World. As a partner with Walt Disney World, Harvey has created the annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy, a program mentoring teenage boys and girls, inspiring and exposing them to a number of job skills and career opportunities. For over 10 years, he has hosted The Neighborhood Awards, formerly known as the Hoodie Awards, his popular awards show honoring local businesses, religious/neighborhood leaders, churches, and high schools for their contributions as well as excellence within their own neighborhoods.

In addition to his many projects, Harvey continues to expand his clothing and accessories brand, The Steve Harvey Collection. His multi-faceted success has led to appearances on numerous morning, talk, news and late-night shows including Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and many others.

Born in West Virginia, Harvey was raised in Ohio as the youngest of five children.

Please contact IMG Speakers for more information about booking TV Personality, Entertainer & Businessman Steve Harvey for your next event.

New Addition to IMGSpeakers.com: Legendary MLB Player, Chipper Jones

Legendary MLB Player, Chipper Jones

Legendary MLB Player, Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones Now Available Through IMG Speakers

Born a high school coach’s son in DeLand, Florida, Larry Wayne ‘Chipper’ Jones Jr. turned a love for the sport of baseball at a young age into one of the great careers in Major League Baseball history. Spending his entire 22-year professional career with the Atlanta Braves, perhaps no player is more closely associated with the franchise than Jones.

Jones was selected as the first overall pick in the 1990 draft, chosen by the Braves directly out of high school as an 18-year-old. It would take him just three years to reach the majors, joining the ‘big club’ as a September call-up, and becoming the youngest player in the league at the time. During his first full season with Atlanta, he led all first-year players in both runs batted in and runs scored, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year balloting.

It was no coincidence that Jones’ arrival with the Braves also marked one of the greatest stretches of success by a team in baseball history. Behind both his talent and leadership, Atlanta won 11 consecutive National League East Championships from 1995 through 2005, while claiming three National League Pennants and winning the World Series in 1995 — to date, the only championship among the major professional sports franchises in the history of the city of Atlanta.

Jones was named the Most Valuable Player of the National League in 1999, after batting .319 with 45 home runs and leading the Braves to a World Series appearance. He was an eight-time All-Star selection and the 1999 and 2000 National League Silver Slugger for third base, awarded to the best hitter at the position in the league. Moreover, Jones was the unquestioned leader in the Braves’ clubhouse during his career, transitioning the team from its period of success in the late 1990’s into the new millennium.

Jones ended his career as one of only two switch hitters in the game’s history with over 5,000 at bats to hit at least .300 from each side of the plate, and his 1,623 runs batted in are the most by any player in Major League history whose primary position was third base. On June 28th, 2013, Jones’ number ‘10’ was retired by the Braves and he was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

 

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Nine for IX: ‘The 99ers’ featuring Julie Foudy

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Julie Foudy is the Narrator and a Producer of ‘The 99ers’

Nine for IX: ‘The 99ers’ premieres tonight, August 20, 2013 at 8:00PM on ESPN. Julie Foudy, a member of the historic team, is a producer and narrator of the film.

Foudy is one of the most accomplished female soccer players in the world. She is perhaps best known as the retired Captain and 17-year veteran of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Among her numerous accomplishments, Julie is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist (1996 and 2004) and a silver medalist (2000). A champion both on and off the field, she has been an outspoken advocate on behalf of gender equality in sports and was at the forefront of the Title IX policy debate.

From ESPN: “The world of women’s sports was kicked upside down on July 10, 1999. Before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and an estimated 40 million Americans watching on television, the U.S. women’s soccer team reached a cultural and athletic pinnacle with its penalty-kick shootout victory against China to win the Women’s World Cup.

As told through the voice of then-team captain Julie Foudy, we get an inside look at the strong team ethic and rare “do for each other” mentality that propelled the squad to victory that summer and turned the team into a cultural touchstone.

With unprecedented access, “The 99ers” uses candid, behind-the-scenes footage shot by the players during the three-week tournament to present a unique portrait of the women who irrevocably changed the face of women’s athletics. The film reunites key players from the 1999 squad and also features current U.S. players in an examination of how women’s soccer, and women’s sports as a whole, has changed since that epic day at the Rose Bowl.”

Julie Foudy, Olympic gold medalist, soccer, & ESPN/ABC broadcaster, is available exclusively through IMG Speakers bureau for speaking engagements. Julie Foudy is also available for moderating and emceeing/hosting opportunities, celebrity appearances, corporate hospitality events, meet and greets, and much more. Please contact IMG Speakers at 212-774-6735 or speakers@imgworld.com for more information on booking Julie Foudy.

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